Channel Attention Residual U-Net for Retinal Vessel Segmentation

7 Apr 2020  ·  Changlu Guo, Márton Szemenyei, Yangtao Hu, Wenle Wang, Wei Zhou, Yugen Yi ·

Retinal vessel segmentation is a vital step for the diagnosis of many early eye-related diseases. In this work, we propose a new deep learning model, namely Channel Attention Residual U-Net (CAR-UNet), to accurately segment retinal vascular and non-vascular pixels. In this model, we introduced a novel Modified Efficient Channel Attention (MECA) to enhance the discriminative ability of the network by considering the interdependence between feature maps. On the one hand, we apply MECA to the "skip connections" in the traditional U-shaped networks, instead of simply copying the feature maps of the contracting path to the corresponding expansive path. On the other hand, we propose a Channel Attention Double Residual Block (CADRB), which integrates MECA into a residual structure as a core structure to construct the proposed CAR-UNet. The results show that our proposed CAR-UNet has reached the state-of-the-art performance on three publicly available retinal vessel datasets: DRIVE, CHASE DB1 and STARE.

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